I am halfway finished with marathon training. WOW!
I ran 46.1 miles. It is weird to say that running that much in one week is not as hard as I thought it would be. It is time consuming, but not hard.
I continued to be really bad with pacing my speed work. My times were fast, but really off what they should have been. I don't have a chance to try again because this coming week's speed work is different. Oh, well. I know I can run fast. I also know that I am really bad at finding that one pace quickly and easily.
My long run this week was 18 miles. I have never run that far....EVER....and it was tough at the end. I ran 18.1 miles and the last two miles were hard. My times were between 9:51 and 9:08 with my average pace being 9:29. I am really proud of that consistency. I started to feel sick around mile 14 and did not want to take any additional GU. I was worried I might "deface" a yard so to speak. So, I was low on energy and just had to run. The good news is that I just ran and my pace did not suffer. I was mentally tough and God definitely answered my prayers. The bad news is that I don't know why my stomach felt so awful and I have one week to figure it out.
This coming week will be my hardest week to date. I will be running 50 miles and a 20 mile long run. I CAN do this!
Bring it week 9....on the downhill side!